Brought to Light - E. R. Punshon 1954 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition Superb copy in bright and unfaded Gollancz dust jacket, with fine provenance, containing the bookplate of The Detection Club, Punshon was initiated into the club in 1933.

The stage was set, Bobby thought, the actors in position; but how the drama would develop, that he could not even guess.

Whether [Rev. Thorne’s] disappearance was in connection with the contents of Janet Merton’s grave is something Bobby will come to find out, with the help of Edward Pyle, of the Morning Daily, Janet Merton’s formidable niece Christabel, John Hagen (church sexton and self-taught classical scholar) and a man named Item Sims (
Dean Street Press). The 32nd Bobby Owen mystery.

“What is distinction?... The few who achieve it step – plot or no plot – unquestioned into the first rank. We recognised it in Sherlock Holmes and in
Trent’s Last Case, in The Mystery at the Villa Rose, in the Father Brown stories, and in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time.” – Dorothy Sayers.
  Ernest Robertson Punshon (1872-1956) ‘is one of the most shamefully neglected writers of detective fiction. His ability to construct labyrinthine plots that keep the reader fascinated but not confused is rivalled only by John Dickson Carr, with whom he shares a powerful imagination, a gift of conveying atmosphere and setting, and a most ingeniously fertile mind, adept at devising clues and situations. Yet his work is not only exemplary detective fiction, but studies of character, of the catalyst that drives an ordinary human being to commit the ultimate crime. In their emphasis on bizarre psychology, fantastic (but logical and convincing) plots, and the ability of the past to influence the present (whether it be in the form of past crimes or literary or artistic treasures), his work resembles a combination of H.C. Bailey, Gladys Mitchell, G.K. Chesterton and Michael Innes.’ - Nick Fuller, Golden Age of Detection.

Provenance: The Detection Club, with their bookplate.

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction, 243. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 187. Dean Street Press. The Dorothy Sayers quote is from the front panel of the original 1939 Gollancz dust jacket of Murder Abroad.

Octavo (book size 19x12.5cm), pp. 239 [1]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘10/6 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, faint foxing to foredge, in near fine dust jacket with only a hint of rubbing to edges and folds.   Ref: 109591   Price: HK$ 2,600